While on the path I came to the realization that we all have our vices.¬† It‚Äôs only a matter of what and the degree.¬† Anyone who claims to not have at least one is either lying, or extremely dull.
As previously mentioned, the forest was not void of inhabitants.¬† All along the path there were inhabited structures and settlements.¬† Some of these were innocent enough while others catered to the more corrupted souls.¬† Among these less innocent establishments were the brothels.¬† There were many on the path.¬† While at times there was a lot of distance between one and the next, it was only a matter of time before a traveler encountered another.¬† During our time spent in the forest we stumbled upon many of these places.
It has been said that everything can be good in moderation.¬† I tend to agree with this statement, but living life according to these words can be interesting.¬† It can certainly be wonderful, but there is a down side to it all.¬† In a similar vein to sayings such as ‚Äúcarpe diem‚Äù or ‚ÄúYOLO‚Äù, living life by these words can lead one to be rather open and free-spirited.¬† New experiences are embraced, very rarely are they avoided outright.¬† ‚ÄúYes‚Äù is said more than ‚Äúno‚Äù.¬† That‚Äôs all well and good, but if one is to truly embrace the meaning of the words, they must do so fully.¬† This means from time to time they might find themselves on the darker side of things.¬† That‚Äôs I suppose how the path led to include various modes of free-spirited women and magic white powder.
If there was one common vice the trio shared it was beautiful women.¬† Each approached it from a slightly different perspective however.¬† I was perhaps the most conservative of the group.¬† I viewed things from a traditional perspective of finding a nice girl and maybe one day settling down.¬† The Dreamer believed in love.¬† Oh how he believed in it.¬† But it blinded him.¬† He was also so quick to fall into its trap.¬† He appreciated the beauty in every woman he encountered and often got too caught up in things.¬† The Scorpion took a more liberal approach.¬† His intense nature permeated his entire being.¬† This included his approach to sex and love.¬† On the issue of love, he took a view that was almost like a hybrid of my own and the Dreamer‚Äôs.¬† He wanted to believe in love, but was skeptical.¬† If he found someone he thought had real potential he went all in and was blindingly loyal.¬† Otherwise, he just liked to keep things free and uncommitted.¬† He liked options.
So, at various points along our journey one or more of us would get tangled up in this shared vice.¬† Sometimes it was for love and other times simply just lust.